THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
With film revenues exceeding $2 billion worldwide, DWAYNE JOHNSON
(Hobbs) has solidified himself as a global box-office powerhouse in
both film and television.
Always adding to his busy schedule, Johnson shows no sign of slowing down. In
addition to The Fate of the Furious, he stars in Paramount's highly anticipated
big-screen adaptation of Baywatch (May 26, 2017). Johnson is currently filming
the third season of the critically acclaimed Ballers for HBO where he plays an
ex-football star turned money manager, navigating life on the other side of the
field. Johnson will round out with Sony's continuation of the classic Jumanji,
alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black (December 22, 2017). He is also tied to the
remake of the cult-classic Big Trouble in Little China for FOX and The Jansen
Directive for Universal, and will begin production on an action-based feature
Rampage later this year.
Adding to a slew of tent-pole films, Johnson starred in the 2015 summer
blockbuster San Andreas, and the highest-grossing live-action comedy, Central
Intelligence, opposite Kevin Hart for New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures,
which was released in June 2016. He has also lent his voice to the Walt Disney
Animation Studios film Moana, which was released in November 2016.
In addition, Johnson's production company, Seven Bucks Productions, recently
teamed up with Spike TV to produce a monumental holiday event, Rock the Troops,
a music and entertainment experience created to honor, inspire and captivate the
brave men and women of America's armed services. This compelling and modern
tribute emanated from the historic Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and brought
together A-list headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and film. Seven
Bucks will also release a youth-prison documentary, Rock and a Hard Place for
Johnson's most recent film credits include Universal Pictures' Furious 7,
alongside Vin Diesel; Paramount Pictures' Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner,
where Johnson took on the title role; the dramatic thriller Snitch, about a
father who goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his imprisoned son; the
comic-book action-adventure G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the second installment of the
franchise, opposite Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum; the dramatic independent
film Empire State, with Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts; Pain & Gain, alongside
Mark Wahlberg; and The Fast and the Furious franchise films, Fast Five and Fast
& Furious 6, which grossed a combined $1.4 billion globally.
Johnson's previous films include Race to Witch Mountain; Tooth Fairy; Planet 51;
Get Smart; The Game Plan; Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which grossed more
than $335 million worldwide; Be Cool, MGM's sequel to Get Shorty, alongside John
Travolta, Uma Thurman and Vince Vaughn; the 2004 remake Walking Tall; and
Universal Pictures' The Rundown, a critically acclaimed action-comedy directed
by Peter Berg that co-starred Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and
Johnson has garnered much critical acclaim and recognition for his range and
diverse roles. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly placed Johnson on "Hollywood's Next
A-List," alongside Robert Downey, Jr., Ellen Page, James McAvoy and Amy Adams.
Johnson's love of acting and desire to branch out led him to appear on Saturday
Night Live (SNL) in March 2000, surprising many with his comedic strengths; the
episode garnered the show's highest rating that year. Johnson has appeared on
SNL four times. Johnson was subsequently cast by Stephen Sommers in The Mummy
Returns, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide. His character was so
well received by Universal Pictures' executives during dailies that they
immediately planned a film based on his character, The Scorpion King, which
broke box-office records in 2002 as the biggest April opening of all time.
Johnson's accolades include being named NAACP's 2016 "Entertainer of the Year,"
People's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2016 and USA Today's "2016 Movie Person of the
Year." He was also included in TIME magazine's 2016 Most Influential People, and
The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Power 100 List for 2016.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Johnson excelled as a high school
All-American and subsequently as a star defensive lineman for the University of
Miami Hurricanes, helping to lead his team to overcome huge hurdles and become
national champions. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Johnson
followed in the footsteps of his WWE Hall of Fame father, Rocky Johnson, and
grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, by joining the competitive sports
entertainment world of the WWE. Within a seven-year period (1996-2003), his
intense passion led to an extraordinarily successful career breaking box-office
attendance records across the U.S. and setting pay-per-view buy-rate records
during that time as well. Johnson created The Rock, which became one of the most
charismatic and dynamic characters in the industry. In March 2012, Johnson made
a record-breaking return to the WWE, crushing John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII
Not content to remain only in front of the camera, Johnson penned an
autobiography, "The Rock Says...," which reached No. 1 on The New York Times
Best-Seller List shortly after its publication in January 2000.
In 2006, Johnson created The Rock Foundation, whose mission is to "educate,
empower and motivate children worldwide through health and physical fitness." A
dedicated philanthropist, Johnson is the current national spokesperson for the
Entertainment Industry Foundation's Diabetes Aware campaign. He is also a member
of The American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and serves as a National
Celebrity Wish Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In 2008,
the United States Joint Leadership Commission recognized Johnson with the
prestigious Horizon Award, which is given to an individual in the private sector
who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and provided opportunities for youth
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